An Ethics of Reading the Environment in Postcolonial Fiction
Brown Bag Lunch with Sangeeta Ray
Friday, April 13, 2007
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
10383 Bunche Hall
The paper being presented is part of a larger chapter which argues for a particular mode of reading current representations of environmental ethics in postcolonial fiction. The piece begins by drawing upon strands in science studies, political ecology, and environmental studies to argue for an ethics of reading. The criteria of the "modest witness" is adapted for a critical understanding of the politics and ethics of literary representation of postcoloniality and its intersections with, to borrow from the title of one of Bruno Latour's books, the politics of nature. The paper will do so through a close reading of Amitav Ghosh's novel "The Hungry Tide."
Sangeeta Ray is Associate Professor in the Dept. of English and Comparative Literature and Director of the American Cultures Program at the of Maryland, College Park. She is the author of En-Gendering India: Woman and Nation in Colonial and Post-Colonial Narratives (Duke, 2000), co-editor of the Blackwell Companion to Postcolonial Studies(2000) and author of the forthcoming Gayatri Spivak: An Introduction (Blackwell).